Public Financing

A small donor revolution is necessary to combat the role of Super PACs, corporations, lobbyists and bundlers in influencing federal elections and government decisions.

On August 22, 2012, Democracy 21 and the Brennan Center issued a report and proposed a new system for financing federal elections. The proposed system is based on empowering citizens in the political process by matching up to $250 of a citizen’s contribution with public funds at a 5 to 1 ratio.

The proposal was described by a New York Times editorial (August 22, 2012) as “a plan that could restore a voice to ordinary citizens.”

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NY Times: “New York Reform = Public Financing”

The New York Times New York Reform = Public Financing By: the Editorial Board The recent arrests of a state senator and an assemblyman appear to have reminded Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his overdue promise to begin cleaning up Albany’s swamp of corruption. This week he announced several important proposals to end the political lawlessness, …

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New York Times Editorial: Trashing the lessons of Watergate; CED: Business Group Opposes Repeal of Presidential Public Financing System

Below is an editorial from Sunday’s New York Times entitled, "Trashing the lessons of Watergate." The editorial opposes efforts in Congress to end the presidential public financing system. Also below is a release last week from the Committee for Economic Development, a non-profit, non-partisan organization of more than 200 business leaders and university presidents. The …

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